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Honoring Finger Lakes’ brightest and best

There’s a lot to love about life in the Finger Lakes. Thursday night, the inaugural 2017 Best of the Finger Lakes awards celebrated 180 outstanding area businesses and attractions that help enrich that experience.

The Thursday night awards banquet, hosted by Messenger Post Media at The Inn on the Lake, was the climax of months of polling.

Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a “tour of Italy” dinner buffet, Gatehouse Media Regional Publisher Rick Emanuel presented awards to 180 first-place winners, each of whom received an etched glass plaque.

“It’s a really special night because it acknowledges businesses, both large and small,” said Emanuel. “Any time you can do something to acknowledge what people do and the time and effort they put into their businesses, I think it’s well worth the energy. And I think the turnout tonight really proves they wanted to be here to support each other as well as be recognized themselves.”

The selection process took place in two rounds. Messenger Post Media readers nominated their favorite businesses and regional attractions in July and early August. Then from late Aug to early October, readers voted via online survey to choose from the nominees.

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